Whooping cough vaccine

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Sarajessgirl Tue 15-Jun-21 19:04:53

Hello ladies, Is whooping cough vaccine a mandatory vaccine for pregnant ladies in the UK ?
I don’t remember having it in my first pregnancy. Thanks

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sylbunny Tue 15-Jun-21 19:09:43

Nothing is mandatory whether pregnant or not. It's one of the the ones that is heavily recommended though and they will either book you an appointment for it or ask you to arrange one.

Passionfruitpizza Tue 15-Jun-21 19:10:30

Recommended. Nothing is mandatory.

Rosesareyellow Tue 15-Jun-21 19:12:05

Of course it’s not ‘mandatory’ confused

Sidge Tue 15-Jun-21 19:13:08

No there are no mandatory vaccines in the UK.

However it’s been offered since 2012 and has had a massively significant effect on reducing (well pretty much eliminating actually) neonatal death from pertussis.

It’s safe and effective and is a booster for a vaccine that you yourself will have had as a child. You then make new antibodies which will pass across the placenta to protect the baby until it can have its own immunisations at 8 weeks.

Shmithecat2 Tue 15-Jun-21 19:15:05

Not mandatory at all. But a very good idea - pertussis in infants is not a great experience.

TheLovleyChebbyMcGee Tue 15-Jun-21 19:15:47

Yep, not mandatory but recommended. Whooping cough is still around and it can kill newborn babies. By getting the vaccine you pass antibodies onto your baby that protect them from the first 6 weeks I think it is.


Sarajessgirl Tue 15-Jun-21 19:22:57

Is it offered to all pregnant ladies? confused

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husbandcallsmepickle Tue 15-Jun-21 19:24:18


Is it offered to all pregnant ladies? confused

As far as I know, yes it is

Sidge Tue 15-Jun-21 19:26:15

Yes it’s offered to all pregnant women from 16 weeks.

Sarajessgirl Tue 15-Jun-21 19:27:08

Thank you ladies smile

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